You have many lodging options—hotels, B&B’s, rental cottages and more. When planning your trip, start with the Pennsylvania Dutch Country website. During my last visit, I stayed at the Amish Guesthouse and Cottage in Intercourse, right in the heart of Amish country. When you’re out in the yard, you can hear the clip-clop of horse hooves on the pavement as Amish buggies pass by.
My friend and I stayed in the Dawdi Haus. Our hosts, the Stoltzfuses, offered us all the comforts of home in the one-room cottage. When we arrived, we found a warm welcome in the fresh bread and jam waiting for us. There was milk in the refrigerator and cereal, coffee and tea in the top cabinet of an old-fashioned stove, which also housed the coffee pot, toaster oven and other items to make our stay memorable.
Take a drive through Amish farmland. Our hosts provided us with a map, and we enjoyed all the spectacular views of the countryside.
Take an Amish buggy ride. It’s a great way to see the Amish community and learn about their history and way of life.
Your driver will tell you about Amish history and the way they live.
Enjoy an “Amish Feast” at the Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant in Bird-in-Hand. Served family-style, the meal includes wonderful Amish dishes such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet and sour chow-chow, dried corn casserole or delicious sweet corn, frosted raisin bread, roast beef, pork sausage, and many other dinner items and desserts.
There is so much to see and do in Lancaster County—attractions that will teach you about the Amish. Visit any time of year. It’s worth the trip. I plan to visit again soon!
Rebecca Kertz has lived in rural Delaware since she was a young newlywed. First introduced into the Amish world when her husband took a job with an Amish construction crew, she took joy in watching the Amish job-foreman’s children at play and in swapping recipes with his wife. Rebecca resides happily with her husband and dog. She has a strong faith in God and feels blessed to have family nearby. She enjoys visiting Lancaster County, the setting for her Amish stories. When not writing or vacationing with her extended family, she enjoys reading and doing crafts. Her latest title is Jedidiah’s Bride.
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